Giants v. Bookham Colts
3 - 1
24th March 2018
The Giants last competitive win was back in December and since being promoted to Group 2 they have suffered five losses in a row. The omens were not good. Bookham Colts dispatched the Teddington Eagles 4-0 last weekend, manager Dan was away and so were three of our team. Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame hails from Bookham and the Giants loyal following may have felt that pigs would sooner fly than they would see a Giants victory. They couldn’t have been more wrong.
Tim Wright took charge of our depleted squad and was seen before the match waving a piece of paper and a mysterious jar. Had he found the magic formula that would transform the team’s fortunes? Whatever it was the boys trotted onto the pitch with fire in their bellies.
The teams were evenly matched in the early exchanges with both defences on top. The Giants were playing to a game plan, tenacious in the tackle, squeezing the play and giving the Colts little time on the ball. The team were playing with energy and determination and their confidence grew when Jake broke down the right side and passed across for Josh to stroke the first goal into the net. In a half of few chances Seb held firm in goal and repelled the Colts best effort with a fine save.
The second quarter was again a tight affair. More sturdy defending from both sides restricted shooting chances and Julius in goal pounced on any balls that came near him. Half time and the Giants were still leading 1-0.
The Giants took control in the third quarter with two quick fire goals. The first came direct from a throw in with Julius launching the ball towards the penalty area and Seb latching on to it to fire past an advancing Colts keeper. Bookham were rattled and fell further behind when Seb again burst through their defence to strike his second of the game. 3-0 to the Giants, and it stayed that way until the end of the quarter with Tom keeping it tight between the sticks.
The Giants were keen to score more and pushed forward in the last quarter leaving gaps at the back. The Colts were starting to create chances and deservedly scored a consolation, with our fourth keeper of the day, Charlie, powerless to stop a late strike. This proved to be the last kick of the game and the boys walked off to cheers from their loyal fans. This was a hard fought and gritty performance and magician Tim ‘Ranieri’ Wright was delighted with his team. Perhaps he needs to bring his mysterious jar to the next match although he claims it was merely gum to calm his nerves.
Man of the match: Seb
Reporter: Hu Dano